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Equity and Social Justice

Activating philanthropy to shape a world where all people can flourish.* 

*borrowed from Audre Lorde

NCG embraces philanthropy's role in ensuring equity in our institutions, culture, and society. Exclusionary policies and systematic discrimination have restricted access to resources and power. We are committed to creating access and opportunities that address structural inequities and support social movements. 

We partner with members and organizations to address racism, sexism, homophobia, ableism, classism, and we pull together business, government, nonprofits, and our community to advance social justice. Examples include:

Defining our Terms

Equity. Equal access to opportunity, institutions, and resources by all people to enable them to participate, prosper, and thrive.

Social Justice. Systematic fair treatment by and within governmental, social, cultural, and community institutions that ensure equal economic, political and social rights and opportunities. 

Events

Equity and Social Justice programming coming soon. In the meantime, take a look at our past events.

Resources

Throughout the state of California, organizers and communities impacted by incarceration are demanding an end to jail expansion. On this webinar we heard about the lessons learned from JusticeLA’s victory and what is required to create successful and effective coalitions to end mass incarceration. We heard from organizers from Los Angeles and the Bay Area about the current status of the fights to end jail expansion throughout the state and the role of funders in advancing these campaigns.

The California Criminal Justice Funders Group is pleased to share our first-of-its-kind report “Funding the Future: Fellowships for Formerly-Incarcerated People in California.”

As public awareness about the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) grows, there have been a number of legislative initiatives within the state of California designed to support the screening, prevention, and treatment of childhood trauma.

Immigration issues have attracted significant attention over the past few years as changes in federal policies have ignited debates across the political spectrum.

This report explores the direct impacts of detention and deportation on family finances, health, and well-being. The findings are based on interviews with 20 families that recently had a family member detained or deported and 12 legal services providers, health centers, educators, and community organizations serving immigrant fami lies conducted in California, Texas, and Washington, DC during Summer 2018. Most family respondents were Hispanic women with children in the household; immigrants in the families primarily came to the U.S. from Mexico and Central America.

News

Alice Hom and Daniel Lau
Thursday, May 7, 2020

As the pandemic illuminates the structural cracks in our system, the spring month of May brings about renewal and growth—we hope this collection of articles does just that for you. This month's collection aims to increase understanding and bring more attention to the impacts our communities are facing. We specifically highlight increasing disparities in communities of color, hardships of front line workers, the war narrative, and the need for racial equity inclusive economic power shifts.

Friday, May 1, 2020

As Californians we know that our own well-being is tied to everyone else’s. California’s Immigrant Resilience Fund is making headlines demonstrating that we are standing together to make sure each and every one of us—native and newcomer—has resources to prevail through the outbreak. No one stands alone. We are one beloved community. Kathleen Kelly Janus, Senior Advisor to the Governor, and Daranee Petsod of Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees joined NCG’s Emily Katz to explain how the fund came to be, some surprising new supporters, and what it means to have a ‘Si Se Puede’ moment (Yes, We Can!)

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Funders have an opportunity to protect and preserve disability civil and human rights for the 1 in 4 Americans that have a disability. How can we alter our practices to be intentional about disability-inclusive giving? How can applying a disability lens create more effective grantmaking, especially now?  

Thursday, April 9, 2020

At the end of last year, we announced the departure of Ellen LaPointe as president and CEO of Northern California Grantmakers. When she left the organization on February 28, little did we know how much would change for our organization, our region and the world in the weeks that followed.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

More than ever, the focus on equity and social justice is needed during this time. April finds us physically distancing ourselves and for some communities the challenges are not new, just exacerbated with life-and-death consequences. The articles this month highlight the impacts of COVID-19 on vulnerable communities and how we need to re-think care, who does the care work, and why do disparities exist.